What do SEE Teams trips look like?
Trips range from 8 to 18 days long, including two air travel days and one fun day in Venice. We accept teams in the summer months, predominately in June and July.
Lodging & Region
Our staff will pick up your team at the Venice Marco Polo airport and takes you to our campus one hour north in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. From The Center you can see the Italian Alps as well as the beautiful countryside full of fields and vineyards. The SEE campus is made up of fully renovated 200-year-old Italian farm buildings.
The Center will be your base during your time in Italy. We have male and female dorm space, a lounge area (including WIFI), dining room, and kitchen where our staff will prepare your meals. Breakfast is typically fresh bread, cereals and yogurt with unforgettable coffee. Lunches and dinner will be provided by SEE including packed lunches and delicious homemade pasta. The cost of meals are included in trip costs (unless a meal out is arranged on a sightseeing day).
SEE Teams Staff
Our staff have excellent experience in hosting teams, and will fill the roles of trainers, guides, mentors, translators, hospitality staff, and drivers. The SEE Teams staff will communicate with the designated Team Leader every day about scheduling, ministry preparation, weather, and transportation.
Staff members can also provide excellent advice on how and where to spend your day off in this gorgeous region.
Mornings consist of mission training, team activities, children’s ministry, or literature distribution (such as invitations to ESL courses or church services). Children's ministry takes place in parks and involves puppets, story time, singing, game time, and lots of one-on-one interaction with parents and children.
Much of Italy observes a riposo or siesta in the afternoon. This rest time allows for a nap or a quiet conversation, and in some cities quiet laws are enforced. The team can use this time for team activities, ministry preparation, catching up on rest, or exploring the area.
Evenings are where much of the dynamic ministry happens in Italy. Dramas, choreography, music, magic, and anything that will draw a crowd can be a ministry tool. Crowds of well over 100 often gather to watch performances and stay to listen to the Gospel message. Team members can share testimonies through a translator and interact with people in the audience. Many Italians speak English and will be able and willing to talk about their spiritual beliefs.
Nearly everywhere you go you’ll find little gelato shops selling Italy’s fantastic version of ice cream. This local delicacy made fresh in dozens of flavors will quickly become a daily treat for the entire team.
We encourage each team to spend a day off exploring Italy and its rich culture. As Venice is only an hour away and easily accessible by train, we highly recommend it! Your team can take in gorgeous palaces, museums, churches, restaurants, and shops in a day walking streets the pedestrian-only streets, or exploring the waterways on water taxis or gondolas. Costs for transportation to and from Venice will be the team's responsibility, but we'll help you buy the right train tickets and make your train on time.
After one or two weeks of challenging and diverse ministry, lots of fun, and several scoops of gelato, the team heads home from the Venice Marco Polo airport to debrief with team leaders about what they experienced and how it will impact their life.
Ministry in Northern Italy continues as a team of SEE missionaries follows up with new contacts and disciples those who trust Christ. The churches planted by SEE in Northern Italy will welcome the new believers and help them grow in their faith.
What Do We Need to Provide?
- A Passionate, Willing, Prayerful team
- Trip dates within June - July
- A Team Coordinator to act as liaison between SEE Teams and your group
- Funds (SEE Teams will put together a payment schedule for your group)
- Proof of a valid Passport for each team member (no visa needed)
- Transportation to and from the Venice Marco Polo airport (flights and ground transportation in the United States)
- All forms and applications needed by SEE Teams
- Proof of travel & emergency medical insurance for the group
What's the next step?
When you are ready to begin the trip planning process, simply complete the SEE Team Application Form. Once your group is approved, a $200 per person confirmation deposit will lock in the reservation for each team member. The balance of the trip cost will be due according to a payment schedule set by the SEE Teams staff. Our missions team will work with you to set dates, send training resources, and prepare the team.
A Team Coordinator should be appointed by the team to coordinate with SEE Staff on logistics, finances, and documentation. This is often the Team Leader, but it could be someone else (even someone not going on the trip).
The Team Coordinator should arrange transportation to an international airport, flights to the Venice airport (VCE), and similar return transportation. SEE Teams will pick the team up at the Venice airport, bring them back at the end of the trip, and handle all details in-between. Please note that we pick up and drop off team members in one airport run only once all team members are together.